If there's any room in the house that needs to be all things to all people, it's the family room. The kitchen and bath are important, but they're doing a specific job and usually have the fixtures and appliances necessary to make them function, keeping clutter to a minimum.
The family room is something else entirely. Over time, it becomes a game room, entertainment center, family office, exercise room and storage bay for everything from that half-knitted afghan to your kids' video collections. Admit it: After a while, family room bloat can get out of hand. If you're having trouble navigating from the flat screen to the box of chocolates on the coffee table, these five tips can help you declutter your way to a cleaner, more useful space.